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A Course Syllabus in Social Science Replication

[From the syllabus for “POLI 229: Social Science Replication”, taught by Gareth Nellis at the University of California San Diego] “The purpose of this class is to learn how to do cutting-edge empirical research in the social sciences by replicating…

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Data Sharing in Political Science: Glass Half Empty? Or Full?

[From the article “Data Access, Transparency, and Replication: New Insights from the Political Behavior Literature” by Daniel Stockemer, Sebastian Koehler, and Tobias Lentz, in the October issue of PS: Political Science & Politics] “How many authors of articles published in journal with no mandatory data-access…

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Top Political Science Journal Introduces Results-Free Peer Review

The Journal of Experimental Political Science (JEPS) just announced that is opening up a new kind of manuscript submission based on preregistered reports. Here is how they describe it: “A preregistered report is like any other research paper in many…

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And How Are Things Going In Political Science?

[From the working paper “Why Too Many Political Science Findings Cannot be Trusted and What We Can Do About It” by Alexander Wuttke, posted at SocArXiv Papers] “…this article reviewed the meta-scientific evidence with a focus on the quantitative political science…

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Political Science Journal Puts on Double Feature

[From the website of the journal Japanese Journal of Political Science, published by Cambridge University Press] The website of the Japanese Journal of Political Science recently announced that it was allowing authors to select “results-blind” reviewing as an alternative to…

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Replication and Transparency in Political Science: An Update

[From the blog, “Replication and transparency in political science – did we make any progress? “by Nicole Janz, published at Political Science Replication] “When a range of top political science journals signed a statement to enforce transparency in 2014 (JETS statement), there…

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LaCour Data Faking Scandal Hits the Big Time (file this under entertainment)

The LaCour data faking scandal has officially gone viral.  Googling “LaCour scandal” recently produced 230,000 hits.  While serious soul-searching needs to take place at academic journals — or more accurately, needs to continue to take place at academic journals, because…

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